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Maxi's Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican
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Main road, Manzanillo, Costa Rica
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Orlando, Florida
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2012

We had lunch at Maxi's twice during our week long stay. The food was excellent and the servers were very friendly. The typical Costa Rican fare was abundant, and the Caribbean sauce delicious. The prices were typical of the area.

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Fort Bridger, Wyoming
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2012

We ordered the especial tipico seafood for 2 people. Boy did they lie to us, it should be for 4 people. 2 lobsters, a whole snapper,and probably 5 pounds of shrimp, octopus, conch, lobster, and grilled onions in a spicy sauce, and of course rice, beans and fried plantain chips. Washed it down with 3 beers and 2 white wine,... More 

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Thank madmatt192
San Jose, Costa Rica
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2012

Very good Caribbean typical dishes, rice and beans, snapper with caribbean sauce, seafood soup, among others. Don't complain and be prepared for slow service as the wait staff takes seriously the "laid back" thing in this part of Costa Rica, the same reason tourist go there; be patient, smile and relax!! By the way, the "first floor" or ocean level... More 

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boston , ma
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2012

As someone who's spent six, seven, even 14 months at a pop on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast over the last 14 years, I remember when Maxi's was the place to go on Sundays. But in the last few years, for whatever the reason, the place has gone steadily down hill, My last visit there was this past April, just before... More 

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Yukon
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53 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2012

The food and drinks were alright once we found something that was available(many items on the menu were not actually available) and found a staff person to take our order! Not worth the hype this place gets! The service was awful even by more laid back Central America standards! There appeared to be several staff members standing around doing nothing... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2012

Went here with a group and we shared the dishes. All the food is typical Caribbean fare which means a lot of coconut milk. I loved the "Ron Don" soup which has a coconut milk base and seafood, it's actually not really hot so it's okay to eat with the hot climate. The chicken was also amazing. Would go back... More 

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POrto Alegre
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90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2012

Although it´s one of the few options existing in Manzanillo, I don´t recommend this restaurant AT ALL. The service was awful. We had to wait ages to be served after we had made our order even though the place was not full.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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123 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2012

My wife and I had been exploring the coast on foot south of Manzanillo. I only had one pair of shoes with me, and they were too wet and sandy to wear. We saw Maxi's and I told her that it did not look like a place to go barefoot, but she said we should try, and we discovered that... More 

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Frederick, MD
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2012

My fiance and I decided to go for a hike at the Gandoca Refuge, and afterwards we wanted to grab a drink and a little snack. A couple of people had recommended Maxi's to us,and because it was pretty much the only restaurant near where we were, we decided to give it a try. Our experience all around was TERRIBLE.... More 

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Escazu, Costa Rica
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8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2012

This is a replica of the famous Maxi's restaurant located in Manzanillo, Limon. Menu and prices are the same, which is good, but visitors are going to have issues with how the place is managed: - There is no way to know if you should wait for a table or should go ahead and select one. - Inside the house... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main road, Manzanillo, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Limon  >  Manzanillo

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?